• State balanced budget amendment worth ‘yes’ vote

    This year’s Indiana ballot in the Nov. 6 election will include Public Question No. 1: Shall Article 10, Section 5 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana be amended to require the General Assembly to adopt balanced budgets for state government that do not exceed estimated revenues unless a super-majority of two-thirds of the members of the House of Representatives and two-thirds of the members of the Senate vote to suspend the requirement?

    We recommend you vote “yes.”

  • A Hoosier vote for redistricting reform

    Hoosier voters, no matter their political persuasion, should celebrate one of the big winners in last week’s midterms redistricting reform.

    Independent redistricting commissions were on the ballot in four states. The initiatives passed in three – Colorado, Michigan and Missouri – by overwhelming margins. The fourth, in Utah, is too close to call.

  • All owe a debt to our veterans

    The return home by service members who recently visited the nation’s capital through the Honor Flight program is but one of the may ways our veterans are highlighted. Have you thanked a veteran lately? If not, do so this week. Veterans Day was Sunday and several ceremonies are set for today, including tributes at  the local schools. The occasion should prompt all of us to remember and honor the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform, past and present, to safeguard the freedoms we cherish.

  • Curtis Hill should resign his office

    A special prosecutor investigating Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill recently decided the state’s chief law enforcement officer won’t face criminal charges over allegations he groped women in an Indianapolis bar last spring.

     That doesn’t mean Hill’s pleas of innocence are believable and we disagree with his attorney when he said the attorney general has now been exonerated. No, it means simply that grounds were not there to file criminal charges.

  • Exercise your right to vote

    Will you vote in next month’s election?

    Many of us will. In fact, well over 1,500 county people have already cast ballots in early voting.

    Others of us will turn out Nov. 6 to choose from the men and women who want to represent us in several important posts, including county sheriff, prosecutor, auditor, clerk, coroner, state senator, state representative and Congress.

    Those are important positions as they impact the direction of local, state and federal government.

  • So long, Sears

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


  • Overcoming the impact of childhood trauma

    In a community recently recognized as one of the safest in the state, it’s disheartening to hear that so many of our children don’t feel safe in their own homes.

    A front-page story last week reporting that Perry County ranks, per capita, among the highest in the state for cases of abuse and neglect should concern us all and motivate us to seek practical solutions.

  • All work should bring dignity

    Whenever the subject turns to jobs, discussion always seems to gravitate toward an idealized Norman Rockwell image of a dignified citizen fulfilling their role in society. Work is often romanticized, until it’s not. A minimal unemployment rate looks great, and is, but too many Americans lack the dignity and security a job should provide.

  • Legislature, DCS must get it right

    In January, Terry Stigdon left Riley Hospital for Children, where she had worked in nursing and supervisory positions since 1998, to become director of the Indiana Department of Child Services. She inherited huge problems. Her predecessor, Mary Beth Bonaventura, left the job with a searing warning for Gov. Eric Holcomb. His administration’s cost-cutting decisions, Bonaventura wrote, “all but ensure children will die.”

  • IDEM’s public notice proposal should be rejected

    The Indiana Department of Environmental Management looks poised to adopt a terrible idea that would make accessing public information more difficult for Hoosiers. This despite clear public opposition to the plan.

    IDEM’s proposal, to replace publication of Air Quality Permit ads in newspapers with electronic postings on its website, will get a vote by the Environmental Rules Board on Nov. 14.